1. recoil - noun
· the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
2. recoil - noun
· a movement back from an impact
3. recoil - verb
· draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
4. recoil - verb
· come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"; "the political movie backlashed on the Democrats"
5. recoil - verb
· spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
6. recoil - verb
· spring back, as from a forceful thrust; "The gun kicked back into my shoulder"
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